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Waiting for "Superman" Presentation
Transcript of Waiting for "Superman" Presentation
How Was It Made?
To what extent do our schools serve the goals of a true education?
Assertions and Claims
Waiting for "Superman"
contains an abundance of information and statistics, all supporting the claim that America's education system needs to be reformed.
About Davis Guggenheim:
Philip Davis Guggenheim was born November 3, 1963 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Guggenheim's father, Charles Guggenheim, was a Jewish American film director who influenced him to go into the profession of filmmaking.
Graduated from Brown University in 1986
Specializes in documentaries, 3 in highest grossing of all time (An Inconvenient Truth, It Might Get Loud, and Waiting for 'Superman')
He is married to actress Elisabeth Shue. The couple have three children: Miles William, Stella Street, and Agnes Charles.
Directed President Obama's biographical film and The Road We've Traveled , and Obama's infomercial which
The name was coined from an interview with Geoffrey Canada (social activist and educator) recalling his mother telling him that Superman didn't exist, and how he was frightened that there was nobody to save him.
Audience Award for best documentary at 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Best Documentary Feature at Critics' Choice Movie Awards.
Made nearly $6.5 million in box office
Came under fire for inaccuracy by educational board, "A slick marketing piece full of half-truths and distortions." -Rick Ayers (author and academic)
Controversy for not addressing
In 102 minutes the documentary examines different elements of the American public school system such as tenure, teacher unions, the cost of education, and academic results. The movie documents various areas of the nation (Harlem, the Bronx, LA) and emotionally bounds the audience to the families of 5 young children on their journey to strive for a better education. The movie lays heavy focus to the educational reforms taking place in the worst performing district in the nation, our capital Washington, DC. Michelle Rhee plays a major role as Chancellor of DC public schools, the movie trails her "radical" actions and changes to the system as she closes 23 schools, fires 36 principles and cuts nearly 121 office jobs. She helps emphasize an essential question the movie proposes, to what extremes must the American educational system go through to reform itself and provide quality education and results for it's nation's youth? Or even more importantly : Is it even possible for the American educational system to reform itself and provide quality education and results for it's nation's youth?
The Audience of Waiting for "Superman" is education reformers, teachers' unions and politicians, with the hope of getting Guggenheim's message to the general public to make an impact.
There are different speakers throughout
Waiting for "Superman,"
the most prominent being Geoffrey Canada. Among others are Michelle Rhee (Chancellor of the DC school system '07-'10,) Randi Weingarten (President of the American Federation of Teachers Union,) Bill Gates, and the five families the movie follows to emphasize the purpose
The purpose of this film is to highlight the failures of the United States' educational system regarding various areas such as tenure, teachers' performance, different educational institutions' performance and teachers' unions. The film also demonstrates the lack of achievement levels in students indicating necessary reform and the inability of the United States to compete globally in regards to academic achievement.
This video clip demonstrates a prominent cinematic technique Guggenheim utilizes throughout his film. He follows the five children in their attempt to get accepted to a charter school by a lottery. This technique appeals to pathos because it pulls at the viewers emotions and impacts them.
How Does This Affect Credibility?
Including these graphs and statistics throughout the film appeal to both logos (by demonstrating the statistical support to back up claims made) and ethos (by indicating and citing the sources.)
So What Does This Mean?
These graphs show several things. This information was used in the film to demonstrate that there is, in fact, a problem with education in the United States. Spending per child has more than doubled, yet achievement levels have flatlined.
All five children were invited to meet President Obama in the Oval Office on October 11, 2010
Bianca (Harlem, NY)
Francisco (Bronx, NY)
Anthony (Washington, D.C.)
Daisy (East Los Angeles, CA)
Emily (Silicon Valley, CA)
NC has made the decision to end tenure to improve teacher productivity
Common Core testing
Ending of tenure has made teachers angry and nervous, and even caused strikes
CC testing proves the inadequacy of US education system
"No child left behind" creates US test craze
"Spending per student has doubled, yet student's scores have flat-lined"
Cost to supply a student with 13 years of private school ($107,900) is cheaper than keeping an inmate imprisoned for four years (132,000.)
"America is ranked 25th in math proficiency and 21st in science"
In the 1970's, United States public schools were the best in the world. Now, we are falling behind such global superpowers as Great Britain, Germany and Japan.
"No matter how bad they are, teachers who have acquired tenure will not be fired"
1 of every 57 doctors will lose their jobs; 1 of every 97 attorneys will do the same. But only 1 of every 2,500 teachers will be fired due to malpractice.
Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures
Some Statistics, Shall We?
The audience-friendly layout of the information also makes the film more interesting and captivates the attention of the viewers.
Who Are They?
(Taken from the Huffington Post; "Will
Waiting for 'Superman'
Reach Its Intended Audience?"
In A Nutshell...
From 1971, spending per student has gone from approximately $4,300 per student to $9,000.
In A Nutshell...
In A Nutshell...
Guggenheim states that this structure of the film conveys the children's account of their education.
"We place our children and their futures in the hands of luck."
The audience witnesses both the students' aspects (pathos) and the statistical and apparent decline of academic achievement (logos.)
Other cinematic techniques would include:
Mood: hopeful, informative, determined
Only Texas, Utah, and Arizona spend less per student than North Carolina.
NC ranks 46th in teacher pay
Our schools, nationwide, have developed an obvious problem. Our students are failing and we come out unprepared for college and the "real word". Why? Students are being pushed through school, and the board is more concerned with adults than the children.
Development of Common Core
Education has become about the
"I don't care what I have to do, I don't care how many jobs I have to obtain, my child will go to college."
All around the US, schools are updating technology; NC has fallen behind with old methods.